Day 1007 All About the Raisin or is it Horses!?

If this painting of Raisin looks familiar it is. I started her last summer. I had also started a large watercolor earlier of the same photo when Al coopted it for an acrylic for school.  He didn’t like the other photo I suggested. 

Then she hung around the Aiken art studio waiting to have a few problems resolved like the upper corner and th iPhone. 

Before you think I am obsessing over my friend Raisin the third photo is a study for the large full sheet watercolor and I really want to finish it after spending all day sketching it. 

I decided to add the horse her Freisian Harley when I was taking Peggi Habits class in Charlotte and make the painting the Raisin story. She loves to ride and she loves her Freisian Harley.  

I am meeting Harley soon but used a photo of a Freisian I took at the flat track races last month. Friesians are all big black and just gorgeous. Fairy tale horses with big curly manes and tails. 

Here’s what it looked like before the gesso!! 

I gessoed out the whole upper left -the picture frame and the iPhone that was in her hand in the original photo. 

Then Al dissed the horse idea. WHAT?!! Too late. The gesso had done its work. 

The photo from our Knoxville painting trip. 

Here’s the watercolor study. The Freisian is too small. Bigger next time. It’s about 10×15″ Why do big? 

I swore I would never do another tiny horse after doing this one last month. He may look great but he took HOURS ago do. Way too long for an 8×10″ painting. 

What u say next time?! Still have that big watercolor to do. I only spent most of a day drawing it. And I AM going to paint it. Third times the charm right?! 

Margaret whose hungry and going to eat. 

Ttyl xoxoxo

Day 1006 The ArtistaVista!!

The Vista is an artist area down near the old rehabbed train station on Gervais in Columbia SC. Thursday – Friday they had an art crawl and studio open house on Thursday in the galleries including a shuttle bus for those not up to walking. 

All the galleries we visited. We walked FOUR miles that evening. 

Red Wimmer One of Those Days Mixed Media $2300 

Ginny Bojanowski asked if anyone wanted to go to the vista tonite at luck Thursday something I have had on my bucket list for five years so I said YES despite teaching my first watercolor class the next day. 

Two hours later we were off! We started at City Art on Lincoln which has a wide assortment of eclectic art for sale and Also a terrific art supply store and also online seller. 

Red Wimmer Sideways Glance Mixed Media $600

Loved these!! 

I had to talk to City Art owner Randy who Charles Reid recommends for art supplies for his classes. I told Randy I would tell Charles hi for him next week in Boone.  It always makes them both light up when I tell one or the other he said hi! CHarles does not do any technology. Since he’s a little deaf I doubt he deals with the phone either.  

I didn’t take a lot of photos as we hit every gallery. 

This one gives me food for thought at that price. Have to talk to Randy about my sketches!!  

Risk into Buckhead    Bruce Nehsmith Graphite and Carbon on paper $1000

Tiger Woods and baseball players. Interesting combo. 

Loved these mixed media sketches.

Obviously Alex enjoys altering his drawings as much as I do!!

Huge and a good price for frames large art. 

Alex Powers

Alex Powers 

Alex Powers 

Multiple baseball images and all were great like this one. 

More of his work. Always hard to take pics thru that plastic. 

These are all at Cityart. 

We walked across the street to If Gallery. Smaller but another great eclectic assortment of art. My two favs were Laura Spong and Leo Twiggs both whom I have long admired.  

Laura has supported herself and her children since her divorce in the 60s by painting. She was a housewife with no means of support when she started. Now her paintings sell for thousands. 

Leo Twiggs was an art prof at SC State and a batik artists. Gorgeous work both of them. 

On to the next gallery tomorrow – the Vista Studios. 

Ttyl Margaret packing for Boone so I don’t schlepp everything I own.  

Day 1005 Its Saturday

Been a while since I have been on Saturday and I got off to a rocky start. This is not quite finished. Because I started over after the first forty minutes I ran out of time. 

And now that I look at this one she’s too far to the left. I may just gesso over her. We shall see. 

I still have to finish her hands. I don’t know why I didn’t. 

Maybe I was just having too much fun slathering on paint. There s a heavy impasto on this Emily. And lots of what Al calls goobers lumps of acrylic. 


After first break. She was still damp so I just wiped her out and started over. 

Colors used Indian yellow, thalo blue, titanium white, liquitex flesh, burnt umber, burnt sienna. 

Al Beyer. Gorgeous small oil for him. 2×3′

Coach’s nice charcoal

Kathe’s scratchy conte and pastel. Love these. 
Another Kathe. 

Tom Needham had a good day with his watercolor. 

Like me Drew had troubles today.

And Rachel’s sweet charcoal. 

And that’s it.  Ttyl

Margaret off to the polo matches tomorrow. 

Day 1004 The Morris and James Michalopoulos

There were three interesting new exhibits at the Morris.  The two I have posted and Hopper like photos of Alabama. 

One was by New Orleans oil painter  James Michalopoulos filled with bright colors and whacky odd ball angles. 

His titles were often funny like the first title I posted. Unthinkin in My Lincoln. Obviously he loves old cars. 

While the cars were great his paintings of the New Orleans houses were my favorites. Lots of Thick paint. 

Definitely an exhibit an urbansketcher can enjoy. 


Day 1003 The Morris – Urbansketching?

Spent a great afternoon yesterday at the Morris Art Museum in downtown Augusta on Riverwalk with some of my favorite painter friends –  the members of Al Byers Advanced Painting Class. Interesting listening to their comments and to Als who as a professor and a New Yorker always has an opinion which he will readily share!🤗

I thought I would take you on a virtual field trip to the Morris with us. It was one of the first museums to deal only in Southern art. 

When you enter via the stairs the first thing you see are the water colors of Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969.). Ripley caught the South in the early 1900s in a series of watercolors and prints that line the hall at the top of the stairs. 

His bio says “He was attracted by the interplay between the solidity of buildings and the patterns of light and shadow they created, interspersed with people, the snap of a clean sheet drying on a clothesline, and the shape of trees and bushes.” An early urbansketcher!

These are large full sheet watercolors 22×30″. They have great light and shadows. The Picnic above is perhaps my favorite.  

Remember he was painting these fifty – 100 years ago. There’s a certain timelessness to them. They could still be found throughout the south if we only bother to look. Oddly I am sure we could as Urban Sketchers find some of these places and paint them still. Probably a lot more battered but still standing. 

He was getting out and painting the south long before Urbansketching was a thought in Gabes head. 

St. James Church Tallahassee Florida 

Love the glowing white in this one. He does glowing whites so well. 

Southern Shack

I know these still litter the southern landscape. 

Springtime – Southern Church 

There’s is one of these not a mile from where I sit on Hopewell Church Road in McCormick County SC however there’s no great tree with Spanish moss and I never see people there. Is it abandoned. No idea. 

Cabin in Georgia 

Obviously many of these were done along the southern coast because the Spanish moss does not grow farther north in the south just along the coast.  

Planters in the Field 

Perhaps my least favorite. The figures are stiff and it’s too dark. Great handling of the trees, woods, and that evening sky. 

Unexpected Point, Florence SC

I love the light in this painting. It just glows with fall light raking across the horses and riders, glinting off the broom straw and buildings. 

You can still see these broom sedge fields with tall pines and rickety old buildings slowly crumbling to the ground. And yes they still hunt for quail and dove in  the south. 

Ttyl Margaret xoxoxo off for another busy day. 

Day 1102 In the Bag 

This is what yesterday’s page should have looked like.  

Part one of The assignment was A creepy forest above the horizon. A graveyard and Frankensteins bride. 
First up was to take only five minutes to cut out ten animals and people to assemble into Frankensteins bride. The hands are Jacques Pepin. The gravestones and wings are more of the altered citrasolv National Geographic. 

Then the forest then a letter then a graveyard and then reconcile it. 

Lilly as I call her  was a lot of fun. Her head used to be a really cute little toddler I cut from an ad. Not anymore. 

I dressed her for her wedding day with Frankie. She’s excited of course. I added some gold gewgaws to her.  She still might need a purple plastic purse. 

 The tombstones are not quite as journalie as they should have been. Milestones in my life. Instead I wrote ancestors names.  Seemed a little creepy to do my life’s milestones.  

Bottom layer is a letter to a dead person. I chose Abraham Lincoln. We could use his wisdom right now. 

Thinking of adding some large letters. Frankie and Lilly were sweethearts!! 

Masking tape, black acrylic paint, white gel pen, Prismacolor art sticks, caran dache neocolor ii and Lamy EF. 

Ttyl Margaret xoxox off to start her haunted doll house.  Lilly needs a home. 

This is the list I have brainstormed for my house so far. 

Door flaps 

Birds behind it. 

Victoria or Queen Anne spiral staircase 

Tower Jacobean?! 

Bridal room for Lilly 

Doll house. Whole cover comes off. 

Widows walk w telescope 

Flag skeleton 

Open in middle of page 

Gothic throne chair w wigs and a hood

Attic room w bed. 

Arched gate 

Window wall 

Hotel de ville. 

Day 1001 One day at a time. 

Another day another post. If I quit now I am back to day one. Onward.  One day at a time. 

Trying to catch up my Book of the Night journal the online class I am doing with Juliana Coles as teacher. 

The assignment from the week I was in Charlotte is very long and involved. Though I took notes in it I did this page wrong. Oops.  

It now looks like this.  

But I keep trying to figure out how to use the other figures. This option orrrr

This one.  The added paper collage is old citrasolv National Geographics I did several years ago.  I have quite a stack. 

The bottom layer of this page is purple tape painted black. Then journaled on with white gel pen. Never have the news on while journaling. And then a haunted forest added. I had to turn off the news and the first song on was The Night With a Thousand Eyes.  Perfect.  Then I added the eyes.  

Here it is when I started this morning.  

Prisma art sticks Caran dache Neocolor ii white paint pen. 

Two more pages to finish.  Eek. Will post the correctly done page tomorrow. Stay tuned.  

Margaret xoxoxo 

Day 1000- do I hear trumpets drums?! 

Only took not quite three years to get here  I have posted from the Sunshine Parkeay in Florida on the way to Key West, on the Seine River on a Viking boat- hither and yon.  It’s been a journey. Still haven’t decided if it will go on. And on.  And on.  

A few of my Paris sketches 

A few more Charlotte sketches. 

Day 999 One more day. 

Happy Easter everyone. Raisin Carter.  The chief instigator of all her friends showing up at Peggis class aka Leader of the Pack. I had fun stamping her name.  I think she was a little tired from all the fun we had in Charlotte. We wore her out!! 

Julie whose taking Charles Reid’s class in May at Cheap Joes with me. Wish I had taken a photo of her interesting basketball player that she was working on.  

The ink sketches. Sometimes you should just leave them ink. I wasn’t using my normal skin tones of Quin coral and Quin gold. I used Quin rose and yellow ochre.  So the paintings are a little dark. 

They were painted with Quin rose, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, mineral violet, and pyrrole red. Oh and sepia for a dark brown. 

Ink pen Lamy Safari filled with Carbon Platinum Black ink in a strathmore mixed media 500 journal. Love their crispy paper. Just wish they would lie flat like the Stillman and Birns do. 

Happy Easter. Margaret hanging out with the grandkids who are on sugar overload  xoxox

Day 998 Oh My Two More Days Painting PCM

Spent yesterday hitting the art stores and taking photographs for possible future paintings at Ponce City Market.  

It’s a HUGE rehabbed old Sears building on Ponce de Leon near the Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Whoever designed it kept much of the funkiness of the old building keeping the floors and the huge support columns and the ibeams in the floors. 

The two panoramas give a 360 degree view of the space which is jammed packed with the smells of the 20 plus upscale chef run restaurants that allow you and your friends many delicious choices of food which you eat in the open areas. 

Outside eating area is a huge interesting place called the Shed which is an enormous concrete beam structure surrounded by restaurants ok one side and stores on the other. I think it’s new construction but not sure. I really need to sit down and draw it becAuse it’s wonderful to look at.  

The store side of the Shed.  

Sunday there is an art market in the shed. Going to check that out tomorrow but since it’s Easter thinking it’s not open. 

Keep taking photos of a few places that just appeal to my eye. This Caribbean food place El Super Pan  is just delightfully funky with its purple lit metal overhang. Someplace I have an unpainted sketch of this place. 

And my favorite golden dragon Chinese restaurant.  I have painted this twice. Love that dragon. 

This couple sat down inches from me at the same table Aron f one of the columns between me and the object of my attention. The golden dragon column. Yes there were other tables to sit at but no they had to block my view.  Irritated with the self involved duo I snapped their photo and immortalized the French Fry couple. 

Here’s the sketch I had been doing.

I love going upstairs and taking photos of the first floor over the railing. 

That’s how I snapped the photo for this painting called Looking Down which was recently juried into the Anderson Center for the Arts Show which is considered a coup in South Carolina. 

One of the appeals of Ponce city Market besides the delicious food are the masses of people and the odd interesting architectural elements like the large yellow and black arrow in the upper right. 

I think you could find a life time of paintings on the environs of PCM aka Ponce City Market. Something about this one. The two guys one big one little trudging off across the light from the doors. 
Sooner or later I will get a food pic of this bar. Maybe on my big camera not my phone. I have two hundred or so photos there. 

A trip to PCM is not complete without drooling over the delicious candy shop 

And my personal favorite the St Germain a PArisian themed patisserie loaded with all things Parisian – macaroons, breads, small crispy meringues, real marshmallows and cases of decadent gorgeous goodies. 

Trying to resist the lure of PCM today a Sketchers paradise but there are eggs to dye and Easter prep to be done. 


Margaret loving Atlanta even when it took me an hour and 15 min to drive 4 miles  from Trader Joe’s to the house. Xoxoxo